2016 ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge: The Excellence Continues

ACCP’s national pharmacy student team competition returns in 2016. The Clinical Pharmacy Challenge offers eligible teams the opportunity to compete in up to four online rounds, with the top eight teams advancing to the live quarterfinal competition at the 2016 ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. Plan now to participate this fall.

Competition Overview

The ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge is a team-based competition. Teams of three students will compete against teams from other schools and colleges of pharmacy in a “quiz bowl”–type format. Only one team per institution may enter the competition. Institutions with branch campuses, distance satellites, or more than one interested team are encouraged to conduct a local competition.

Preliminary rounds of the national competition will be conducted virtually in September. The quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be held live at the ACCP Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida October 22-24, 2016.

Each round will consist of questions offered in the three distinct segments indicated below. Item content used in each segment has been developed and reviewed by an expert panel of clinical pharmacy practitioners and educators.

  • Trivia/Lightning
  • Clinical Case
  • Jeopardy-style

Each team advancing to the quarterfinal round held at the ACCP Annual Meeting will receive three complimentary student full meeting registrations. Each team member will receive an ACCP gift certificate for $125 and a certificate of recognition. In addition to the above, semifinal teams not advancing to the final round will receive a semifinal team plaque for display at their institution. The second-place team will receive a $750 cash award ($250 to each member) and a commemorative team plaque. The winning team will receive a $1500 cash award ($500 to each member), and each team member will receive a commemorative plaque. A team trophy will be awarded to the winning institution.

Students are not required to be members of ACCP to participate. Team registration may be submitted online and must be initiated by a current faculty member at the respective institution. Students interested in forming a team should contact their ACCP faculty liaison. If no ACCP Faculty Liaison has been identified, any faculty member from the institution may initiate the registration process. The registering faculty member must confirm the eligibility of all team members and/or alternates online before a team will be permitted to compete in the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge. The deadline to complete team registration and confirm eligibility is September 6, 2016.

Competition Schedule

Online rounds of the competition will be open from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (EDT). A team must access and complete its examination within this period.

April 4, 2016 Team Registration Opens; Local Competition Written Examination Available by Request
September 6, 2016 Team Registration Deadline
September 8, 2016 Online Round 1 (All eligible teams compete)
September 12, 2016 Online Round 2 (Top 64 teams compete)
September 14, 2016 Online Round 3 (Top 32 teams compete)
September 16, 2016 Online Round 4 (Top 16 teams compete)
September 19, 2016 Quarterfinal Teams Announced
October 22, 2016 Quarterfinal Round at the ACCP Annual Meeting
October 23, 2016 Semifinal Round at the ACCP Annual Meeting
October 24, 2015 Final Round at the ACCP Annual Meeting


For more information on the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge, please click on the links below:

Sample Questions
Sample Answers

For additional Information or questions, please contact Michelle L. Kucera, Pharm.D., BCPS at mkucera@accp.com